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Flexible Bollards vs. Traffic Delineators: Which traffic safety equipment will provide best value for your application?

November 15, 2019

Flexible Bollards vs. Traffic Delineators: Which traffic safety equipment will provide best value for your application?

Bollards—the short posts that mark perimeters and guide traffic—are often made of steel or concrete, designed to stop a car in its tracks. Yet in some places, site planners don’t want a fixed bollard that could do vehicle damage or stop a car. Emergency vehicles may need to access a curb, even across a bike lane. Drivers often bump parking stops while trying to get fully into a space, and a hard bollard may cause unnecessary damage. In parking lots, having a lane marker may be necessary to separate traffic lanes—but frustrate wide-turning trucks. In these situations, a flexible solution is needed.

There have been two major approaches to designing flexible markers. In Europe, flexible bollards, based on regular traffic bollards, have become the norm. In North America, flexibility often comes from traffic-safety equipment, like channelizers and delineators. What is the difference between these approaches?

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Including a Fire Suppression System in Building Design

November 8, 2019

Including a Fire Suppression System in Building Design

Fire suppression systems are required for all commercial buildings and some new residential buildings, as well. While it is possible to retrofit a building to include a suppression system at any time, it’s often the most cost-effective solution to include one during the building design phase of the project. More and different methods of fire suppression can be included during design versus a retrofit where options may be more limited by the building or by expense.

Building a fire suppression system during the design stage is the most effective way of ensuring that you not only meet state or federal building codes, but also help minimize the risk and potential damage to the building in the event of a fire.

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3 Tips to Make Sure Cable Rail Wood Frames Last for Years to Come

October 23, 2019

3 Tips to Make Sure Cable Rail Wood Frames Last for Years to Come

Cable railing can be particularly striking when combined with wood frames. However, it’s crucial to take care when constructing the frames to reduce the chance for bowing and possible failure – and accompanying callbacks.

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How to select parking bollards to increase driver awareness and pedestrian safety

October 16, 2019

How to select parking bollards to increase driver awareness and pedestrian safety

Despite being so necessary and ubiquitous in our communities, we design parking lots for their utilitarian function—building them for capacity instead of safety and aesthetics. Rarely do they receive the attention given to building interiors and facades. Effective parking lot design takes into account pedestrian safety, as well as efficient vehicle storage—which can be a rarity in many North American cities. In this post, we’ll look at a range of bollard-style barriers to help ensure optimal vehicle and pedestrian flow.

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Preventative maintenance for smoke and fire curtains

September 23, 2019

Preventative maintenance for smoke and fire curtains

Smoke and fire curtains are a critical component of any fire and life safety system, but since they’re generally out of sight during normal day-to-day operations, it can be easy for them to become out of mind. However, in the event of an emergency, you need to know that they are going to work. Not to mention, maintaining and showing documentation of testing may be required by local fire departments and insurance providers.

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Tuffline - the entrance systems that are tougher than all the rest

September 11, 2019

Tuffline - the entrance systems that are tougher than all the rest

When it comes to sports, athletes and fans are tough. Our 350/500 Tuffline™ Entrances are a complete system of door, frame, and hardware, designed and engineered to create total performance for stadiums, arenas, and more. Heavy traffic? Totally tough!

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Is glass going out of style?

September 6, 2019

Is glass going out of style?

Glass has been used as the portal to the outdoors for centuries. But times are changing.

In a world where we are becoming more aware of the environmental effects of structures and people’s changing needs, architects and other industry professionals are concerned that glass no longer adequately addresses these key building factors:

  • Daylighting
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Aesthetics
  • Safety & Privacy

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Roof hatches, smoke vents and fall protection

August 28, 2019

Roof hatches, smoke vents and fall protection

Safe and convenient access to commercial building roof areas using interior ladders and stairs. Smoke vents designed to meet all fire and life safety building codes. OSHA compliant fall protection safety products including safety railings, safety posts, safety nets, safety grating and safety bars.

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Feeney Project Showcase: CableRail in Trex Transcends railing

August 16, 2019

Feeney Project Showcase: CableRail in Trex Transcends railing

CableRail and Trex, together in one fantastic residential deck! Nestled in the hills of Anaheim, California, this deck more than doubled the homeowner's outdoor living and entertaining space. The contractor, Michael Walter of MLW Construction had this to say:

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8 Reasons why cities are installing bollards in high traffic areas - it’s not just counter-terrorism

August 12, 2019

8 Reasons why cities are installing bollards in high traffic areas - it’s not just counter-terrorism

Bollards are not just for counter terrorism. Check out eight reasons why cities are using bollards in high traffic areas.

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5 Revolving door safety tips to avoid injury with public users

July 29, 2019

5 Revolving door safety tips to avoid injury with public users

Revolving doors create modern entrances that reduce energy and save businesses space. But, as with any entrance that is used by the public, there are some implications to consider for creating the safest experience possible. Consider 5 safety tips for the safest revolving door entry.

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Custom bollards for function and form

July 17, 2019

Custom bollards for function and form

Bollards—those short posts that guide traffic and protect perimeters—can be highly visible hazard markers. The simplest security bollards are made of yellow-painted steel pipe. Around utilities, or at drive through windows, bollards may be covered in bright plastic and ringed with strips of reflective tape. However, in more formal settings, bollards can be chosen to complement the landscape or architecture.

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Black Aluminum Cable Railing

July 10, 2019

Black Aluminum Cable Railing

With mirror-finish columns, geometric shapes, and dark rails, this backyard patio and pool area has a strong contemporary presence that stands out dramatically against fields of grass and stone.

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Bollard installation onto uneven surfaces

June 14, 2019

Bollard installation onto uneven surfaces

Bollards are needed in all sorts of places where the ground is not level. In some cases, they’re used in conjunction with ramps or other access-friendly elements. In others, they’re installed to help mediate a steep grade or turn, where the risk of accident increases. To install properly on these sorts of surfaces, care must be taken.

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The importance of a fire safety plan in high occupancy buildings

June 6, 2019

The importance of a fire safety plan in high occupancy buildings

Every residential and commercial building needs a fire safety plan to keep occupants safe in the event of an emergency. For high-occupancy buildings, the need for a fire safety plan only increases due to the sheer volume of people that need to be able to exit quickly. No matter what type of building you are designing, whether it’s residential, commercial or in the hospitality industry, be sure to include a detailed fire safety plan to ensure the safe evacuation of the entire building in the event of an emergency.

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T-Flex® – A Non-Lead Shielding Alternative

May 6, 2019

T-Flex® – A Non-Lead Shielding Alternative

The T-Flex® Shielding range is a line of new radiation shielding materials, that will save you time and reduce installation frustration! No longer compromise on shielding effectiveness when protecting those difficult to access areas. T-Flex® Shielding is the industry’s preferred non-leaded shielding alternative. It provides maximum shielding effectiveness while still keeping the weight to a minimum, allowing you to reach your advanced ALARA program goals.

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Transform ordinary spaces into stunning spaces with railing infill options

April 29, 2019

Transform ordinary spaces into stunning spaces with railing infill options

Alternative infill solutions are growing in popularity as architects, builders and homeowners look for creative ways to personalize and differentiate spaces. Beyond being functional, infill can add an element of style that ties together the outdoor living space and the home’s design aesthetic. Here are a variety of railing infill options that deliver style, function and safety.

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Aluminium security windows from Armortex

April 17, 2019

Aluminium security windows from Armortex

Bullet-resistant security windows are comprised of a composite system of alternating glass and polymeric layers – typically polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). These dissipate the force of an impacting projectile before it penetrates through the other side of the window. Bullets are captured within the composite, providing effective protection for personnel from a variety of small arms fire.

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Start your summer renovation plans and customize the railing system of your dreams

April 5, 2019

Start your summer renovation plans and customize the railing system of your dreams

This backyard deck follows the curves of its house and overlooks a nearby river. Our bronze aluminum cable railing system keeps this beautiful view open and perfectly matches the deck furniture. The cedar top rail adds a natural touch that livens up the living space with its bright color.

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Spring forward with basement door maintenance: after rough winter, take steps now to evaluate and tend to your entryway

April 3, 2019

Spring forward with basement door maintenance: after rough winter, take steps now to evaluate and tend to your entryway

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